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Palgrave Macmillan

Trade and Technology Networks in the Chinese Textile Industry

Opening Up Before the Reform

ISBN 9781137494047
Publication Date November 2015
Formats No other formats available
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This book explains the historical origins of the Chinese reform and opening-up process, from the perspective of the trade and technology networks. These networks emerged in the Yangzi Delta during the 1920s and 1930s and built a strong inter-firm relationship between international machinery providers and Chinese textile companies. This process contributed to the industrialization of the Yangzi Delta and suffered during the fragmentation of the Chinese market and the Japanese occupation. During the late 1940s, these networks envisaged an export-oriented development model for China. However, the Chinese Civil War, the trade blockades, and the transition to socialism cut the links between the machinery providers and the Chinese textile companies. These networks migrated to Hong Kong, where they contributed to the city's industrialization during the 1950s and 1960s. Finally, in the late 1970s, these networks were re-established in China with the reform and opening-up process.

Carles Brasó Broggi is a Spanish sinologist and economic historian. He is Assistant Professor of Chinese Contemporary History at the Open University of Catalonia, Spain.

Table of contents
Pronunciation guide
List of abbreviations
1. The origins of Dafeng, Lixin and Dacheng
2. Technology networks in the Yangzi Delta
3. Integrated firms in a dual market
4. War and isolation
5. The great leap outwards
6. The socialist transition and the Shanghai  - Hong Kong network
7. Trade and industrialization in Hong Kong
8. Networks in the reform and opening up


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